Ken Hyder


Ken Hyder is a London-based freelance Home Affairs correspondent specialising in policing, drugs, and race for a range of national daily and Sunday newspapers.

He is also an cutting-edge musician who has made over 30 albums, starting with five albums fusing jazz with the music of his home country, Scotland, latterly collaborating with folk-based musicians from quite differing backgrounds - Tibetan and Japanese monks, Siberian shamans, South American and South African musicians.

In 1990 - with another player - he did the biggest tour of Russia by any British musician up till then. They played throughout the country from Leningrad to Vladivostok.

Later, Ken began studying shamanic music in Yakutia, Buryatia, the Altai and Tuva in Siberia. He performs and records with a shaman from Tuva, and that connection made it much easier for him to gain the confidence of local shamans who were very generous with the information they passed on.

Lots more detail, with videos and tracks here -

Smashwords Interview

Your first two novels are based on fact and your experience. Is that important to you?
Absolutely. An early hero of mine was Ernest Hemingway. He was a reporter and he wrote about how to observe. And the importance of knowing exactly how things work, or happen.

So as a reporter who spent a lot of time with real shamans in Siberia, I gained insights I would not have got from my own imagination. It's the same thing with my second novel. Hanging out with detectives and cyber-security experts is always going to give you the inside story.

That authenticity comes across simply because it IS authentic.
How did you end up in Siberia?
It's a long story. It's full of co-incidences. Many things came together over time. Back home in Scotland I became a reporter, and soon I was working for national newspapers. At the same time, I was a musician, and I wanted to do both things.

I wanted to find out things and tell people about them through my journalism, and I wanted to find new ways of making music, often with musicians from other cultures. I started by fusing Scottish music with contemporary jazz.

I began making albums in the 1970s and soon I was playing all over the place. Then in 1990 Tim Hodgkinson and I were invited to do a huge tour of Russia all the way from Leningrad to Vladivostok. Then one thing led to another.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Ken Hyder online


How to Know - Spirit Music - Crazy Wisdom, Shamanism And Trips to The Black Sky
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 19,590. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » Music » Alternative
This is a memoir of a musician from Dundee, Scotland who began exploring spiritual energy before his teens when he embarked on a lifetime journey of connecting spirit through music. Ken Hyder’s musical explorations took him through over 30 albums of jazz and various ethnic musics. The spiritual path included encounters with Japanese and Tibetan Buddhist monks and finally, in Siberia with shamans.
Hack Attack
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 46,750. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
The Snowden leaks showed how far state-hacking can reach. Hack Attack shows what can happen when determined cybercrooks get to work...attacking the state.
Black Sky, White Sky
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 55,760. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Travel, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
Just after the collapse of the Soviet Union in Tuva, Siberia, the outlawed shamans start working in public again. At the same time in the USA, an artist is looking for something different in his life. An internet friendship takes him to Lake Baikal, then to the Tuva, on the Mongolian border where he accidentally becomes a shaman - making a deadly enemy in the process.

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